Battle tested GOP operative joins team Romney
December 14th, 2011
12:32 PM ET
2 years ago

Battle tested GOP operative joins team Romney

(CNN) – A road tested and well experienced Republican operative is joining Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.

Brian Jones is signing up with the former Massachusetts governor's senior strategy team. Jones is a veteran of five presidential campaigns, including Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential bid and President George W. Bush's successful 2004 re-election, and also served as communications director for the Republican National Committee.

"I'm excited to be a part of Governor Romney's talented campaign team and help out wherever I can," Jones told CNN.

Jones will continue to work out of the Black Rock Group, a Republican consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. The firm helps in the running of Restore our Future, an independent super PAC formed to advance Romney's White House run. But in anticipation of a move to the Romney campaign, Jones' firm says they set up a firewall policy since July to make sure he was never involved in any consulting or any other direct involvement with the pro-Romney super PAC.

Word of Jones move to the Romney campaign was first reported by the Washington Post.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. shoegazer

    Maybe next Mittens can add Herman Cain to his advisory staff.

    December 14, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Simetimes, doesn't it seem like Romney is sucking up the good people so that only the rejects are left for everyone else?

    December 14, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Do any of these people have to disclose how much they are being paid? Probably just minimum wage.

    December 14, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Lack of fresh smart people in the party what happen to Republican Party

    December 14, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. v_mag

    Brian Jones? Didn't he use to play with the Stones?

    Anyway, it proves once again that money can buy almost anything. In this case, it bought Romney an operative who worked on the campaigns of 2 of the worst presidential candidates in history, and if he can dress them up, maybe he can smooth over some of Romney's wrinkles. Maybe he can get folks thinking that Mormonism really is a branch of Christianity. I think he should start planting the idea that Islam and atheism are really types of Christianity, and then he can slip Mormonism in there. That would be a good thing, since then we'd all be Christians and we could quit fighting the religious wars.

    December 14, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    Wow....what a resume.....McCain's disaster of a campaign and Duh Duh Duh-bya's swift-boating of Kerry in 2004. THERE"S a real winner I can tell you.......If Duh hadn't been in office when 9/11 occurred, he would have lost in a landslide. Just like his buddy Rudy Ghouliani. He only kept himself in the spotlight by shamelessly attaching himself to that tragedy

    December 14, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. diridi

    GOP is nothing but bunch of Idiots. Today 2.8 million people have Health Insurance because of Patient Affordable Health Care Act. o.k, What do you say. GOP is lacking brain. Want to mess this nation further. I pity. They way Eric Cantor spoke is so idiotic. Virginia, if you care Vote this idiot, Eric Cantor out...please.

    December 14, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Mike

    Somehow, Newt will shoot himself in the foot, as he always seems to do. Then Mitt will have clear sailing.

    December 14, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Chris

    Amen, Diridi... from VA... there are indeed those of us who care and would gladly vote this Cantor fool out with the rest of the ingrates.

    December 14, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    Someone said yesterday they would cut off their nose to spite their face before they voted for any republican. I'm at the same point. I hope Americans are smart enough to get rid of them all in 2012 for the greater good of the country.

    December 14, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Dave

    Wake up people – Newt is not going to win the general election. Vote for Romney or we will lose again!

    December 14, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Battle tested GOP operative joins team Romney ?
    Jones is a veteran of five presidential campaigns, including Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential bid and President George W. Bush's successful 2004 re-election.

    Dose anybody want to buy a used Hummer ?

    December 14, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Gurgi

    Those liberals with blinders on would not vote republican anyway, so such opinions are of unimportant. Same goes for republicans with blinders on.

    December 14, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |